Confirmed: Power output isn’t compromised in a super-low sprint position

Supported by Caleb Ewan’s sprint position has become something of a fascination in recent years. Here at CyclingTips we’ve written a handful of articles on the subject, largely because there’s been a bunch of research showing how effective the position is. In the past year, no fewer than three independent studies, from different researchers, using different methods, … The post Confirmed: Power output isn’t compromised in a super-low sprint position appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Out of contract 8: The best riders without a team for 2020

Joe Robinson 9 Oct 2019 If this team raced a Grand Tour, they would be leaving with plenty of stage wins and maybe the overall title The 2019 is all but finished, this Saturday's Il Lombardia being the last race of any significance, and there are still a whole host of world-class cyclists without a contract for next season. As things stand, Rohan Dennis, Sam Bennett, Esteban Chaves and Mark Cavendish are among the raft of talent yet to confirm their futures for 2020. Normally by now, all of your top-shelf talent would have announced their teams for the coming season but this year, things seem a little different. This could be down to the bizarre situation in which many of the best riders in the world have also found themselves on the move this winter already . Tom Dumoulin, Nairo Quintana, Philippe Gilbert, Richard Carapaz to name but a ...

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Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Andre Greipel terminates contract with Arkea-Samsic

Joe Robinson 2 Oct 2019 Could this be the end of the road for the German sprinter? Andre Greipel could be the next high-profile sprinter to retire from the sport after the German terminated his contract with Arkea-Samsic. The 37-year-old made a request to team manager Emmanuel Hubert to end his two-year deal a season early which the team agreed to. Greipel said he will announce his next steps in November after taking a holiday and time away from his social media accounts. 'About four weeks ago I asked the management of the team to terminate the contract towards the end of the year. Emmanuel Hubert and the team management have agreed to this request,' said Greipel. 'I am very grateful for the cooperation we had in 2019. I would have liked to have extended the season’s results, but I was not optimally prepared for my season highlights.' Greipel then ...

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Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida

Former teammates and longtime sprint rivals André Greipel and Mark Cavendish are heading in new directions for the upcoming seasons Read the full article at Greipel leaves Arkea, Cavendish linked to Bahrain-Merida on VeloNews.com .

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The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships

What a week in professional cycling. The UCI’s Road World Championships is an annual end-of-season gathering of national federations, sponsors, rider agents, and stakeholders that often delivers not only new world champions but also a flurry of announcements and controversies. The Yorkshire world championships was no exception. The eight-day event began with a new discipline, … The post The weekly spin: A wet and wild week at the world championships appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw

Last Saturday afternoon, in the English city of Manchester, Mark Renshaw rolled across the finish line to complete the final stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain. He was nowhere near winning the stage — in fact he was second-last across the line, 6:30 behind stage winner Mathieu Van der Poel — but the moment … The post The best lead-out man ever? A tribute to the career of Mark Renshaw appeared first on CyclingTips .

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It was a different Worlds back then: How things have changed since 1982

Felix Lowe 18 Sep 2019 It has been 37 years since the World Championships last came to Britain. How times have changed With the 2019 UCI World Championships soon to start in Yorkshire, Cyclist columnist Felix Lowe looks back at the men's race - and the wider world - the last time it visited British shores, when the best riders did laps of Goodwood in 1982. This article is in the current issue of Cyclist magazine - on sale now Words Felix Lowe Illustration Clear As Mud When Beppe Saronni motored to the rainbow stripes at glorious Goodwood, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ was top of the charts, having dethroned ‘Come On Eileen’ the day before. Yes, it really has been that long since the UCI World Championships have been held in Britain. In the 37 years since then, Italy has had the honour of hosting the Worlds six times, Spain ...

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Roadside viewing: Where to watch the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships

Myles Warwood 19 Sep 2019 Some of the roadside spots where you can catch a glimpse of Yorkshire 2019. Photos: Alex Wright, Myles Warwood, Simon Renilson, Offside Since welcoming the Tour de France in 2014, Yorkshire has embraced cycling. From this weekend, Yorkshire welcomes the world of cycling to compete for the coveted rainbow jersey. Where to watch is as important as choosing where to go on your next cycling holiday. Lucky for you, like a busy travel agent, I’ve scoured the maps and race timetables to find the best that Yorkshire has to offer. Where to watch the Yorkshire 2019 World Championships from the roadside Image 2 of 9 Image 2 of 9 Para-Cycling International, Mixed Team Time Trial Relay, Men’s and Women’s Junior Time Trials Para-Cycling International : Beverley/Tadcaster/Wetherby to Harrogate, 21st September, 12:00-17:00 Mixed Team Time Trial Relay : Harrogate Circuit (two laps), 22nd September 2019, 13:10–15:40 ...

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Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Caleb Ewan and Owain Doull join Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day

Joe Robinson 16 Sep 2019 Doull to partner Cavendish for track event at Lee Valley Velodrome next month Olympic champion and Team Ineos rider Owain Doull will partner Mark Cavendish at the London Six Day next month. The Welshman, fresh off of his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana , joins Lotto Soudal sprinter Caleb Ewan as the latest big name to be confirmed for the Lee Valley Velodrome event. Doull's track pedigree could easily be forgotten with the 26-year-old having raced as part of the British WorldTour team on the road for the past two seasons. However, Doull is an Olympic champion having been part of the 2016 Rio team pursuit line-up that also saw Bradley Wiggins , Steve Burke and Ed Clancy take gold. Doull will ride alongside fellow Olympic track medallist Cavendish as the pair headline the six days of racing. Talking on his partnership ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel wins again on Stage 7

Jack Elton-Walters 13 Sep 2019 An entertaining day at the Tour of Britain with riders not yet ready to give up on the overall win, but none could match Van der Poel Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus) won Stage 7 of the 2019 Tour of Britain by beating his nearest rival Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) on the final steep ascent into Burton Dassett Country Park. The exciting finish came after a stage that started rapidly as the riders battled for the bonus seconds at the early intermeidate sprint and ended just as quickly as the strongest riders at the race contested the stage win. See related Tour of Britain 2019: Mathieu van der Poel in a league of his own on Stage 4 Tour of Britain 2019: Race reports, route, teams and all you need to know Yorkshire 2019 World Championships: Race schedule, routes and all you need to know Frenetic ...

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Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it?

It’s pretty obvious: if you can get down low in a sprint, you’re going to be more aerodynamic than if you’d stayed upright. You don’t need to do a bunch of research to realise that the ultra-low sprint position employed by Caleb Ewan is pretty effective. But hey, if research is what you’re after, that … The post Caleb Ewan’s sprint position is the best. So why isn’t everyone using it? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour of Britain likely to be Renshaw's last

Tour of Britain likely to be Renshaw's last

Renowned teammates Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish are competing together for the last time at the Tour of Britain, as Renshaw prepares to close his career as cycling’s most touted lead-out man.

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Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lead London Six Day women’s line up

Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker lead London Six Day women’s line up

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 Olympic gold medallists and world record holders join strong field Two of the biggest names in British women’s cycling, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, have been announced for the upcoming London Six Day event at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The pair shot to fame with their dominant display at the 2016 Rio Olympics, forming half the team that won Team Pursuit gold, setting the fastest time in every round on the way. No strangers to Six Day events though, Archibald returns this October as reigning champion, having won the Six Day Final in Brisbane this April to complement her long list of previous victories. ‘Six Day events are like nothing else on the calendar and I can’t wait to get back to London’s iconic Lee Valley VeloPark,’ said Archibald, MBE. ‘I’ve got some amazing memories of winning at Six Day London from 2016 and 2017.’ ...

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Major UCI cycling events provide boon for local economies, study finds

Major UCI cycling events provide boon for local economies, study finds

George Smith 10 Sep 2019 EY study reveals positive economic impact of cycling championships. Photo: UCI A recent study commissioned by the UCI and conducted by EY has highlighted the important benefits that hosting major cycling events can have on local economies. The study focussed on the impact of the 2018 UCI World Championships in road, track, mountain bike and the mass participation Gran Fondo event. Beyond providing a glimpse at the world’s best riders for residents, the study found that these four events generated an additional €60 million in economic activity for the local economies of the host cities and regions. For instance, last year’s Road World Championships - the most commercially important of the four - held in the Tyrol region of Austria, contributed around €40 million to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the area, particularly to its capital city of Innsbruck. Unsurprisingly it was the hotel ...

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Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

Tour of Britain 2019 Stage 2: Matteo Trentin wins the sprint and takes GC

James Spender 8 Sep 2019 Matteo Trentin takes GC, narrowly catching Alex Dowsett on the line Matteo Trentin (Katusha-Alpecin) takes the stage and the green jersey, narrowly catching a last-dicth Alex Dowsett breakaway just metres from the finish. How the stage unfolded Saturday was a memorable day for the Jumbo-Visma team, Dylan Groenewegen taking victory in Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain while teammate Primoz Roglic was busy riding high in the red jersey – and avoiding major crashes – some 2,000km away at the Vuelta a Espana. The Tour of Britain’s Stage 2 began and finished in the town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, comprising a 165.9km anticlockwise loop taking riders over three category 2 climbs, Harden’s Hill, Scott’s View and Dingleton, before culminating in a technical finish over Kelso’s cobbles streets. The breakaway took to its heels at 10km, and midway Pete Williams (SwiftProCycling), Gediminas Bagdonas ...

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Tour of Britain 2019: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to yellow jersey in opening stage win

Tour of Britain 2019: Dylan Groenewegen sprints to yellow jersey in opening stage win

Martin James 7 Sep 2019 Dutchman beats Italian duo as sprinters have their day in the sun in Scotland Image credit: Eurosport Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) won the first stage of the 2019 Tour of Britain, dominating a sprint finish into Kirkcudbright. The Dutchman came around Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) to cross the line well clear, with Davide Cimolai also rounding his fellow Italian to finish second. The end of the 201.5km stage, which started with a circuit around Glasgow to kick off the 2019 Tour, saw highly rated Mathieu van der Poel (Corenden-Circus) unable to build on a good leadout to finish any higher than fourth, while Ben Swift (Team Ineos) roundout out the top five. Dimension-Data's Mark Cavendish, seeking his first Tour of Britain stage win since 2013, didn't contest the sprint as he continues his long comeback from injury, but finished solidly in the main field in 30th place. ...

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Richard Carapaz and Mikel Landa announced for Tour of Britain

Richard Carapaz and Mikel Landa announced for Tour of Britain

George Smith 5 Sep 2019 Two more big names for Britain’s most prestigious race Movistar have today revealed that reigning Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz and multiple Grand Tour stage winner Mikel Landa will lead their team at the OVO Energy Tour of Britain . Both riders will be making their debut at the week long stage race, with the occasion marking 29-year-old Landa’s first time competing on British soil - despite formerly competing for Team Sky . The pair will add some grandeur to the already impressive list of riders set to take the start line this Saturday in Glasgow , boasting an extensive list of honours between them. Besides Carapaz’s Grand Tour triumph, the Ecuadorian has won the Vuelta a Asturias twice and Vuelta a Navarra once. Landa, moreover, claimed the overall title in the Giro del Trentino and Tour of Burgos. See related Vuelta a Espana 2019: ...

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Mark Cavendish to race OVO Energy Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish (picture via SWPix.com)

Former World Champion leads Dimension Data in what could be one of his final races for team

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Mark Cavendish to ride the 2019 Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish to ride the 2019 Tour of Britain

Joseph Delves 3 Sep 2019 Manx sprinter to appear at the closest thing to his home tour Britain’s most prolific male rider of all time, Mark Cavendish , will be heading to the 2019 Tour of Britain . His attendance at the race has been confirmed, along with that of his Dimension Data teammate Steve Cummings. Also named in the squad’s six-person line-up is Cavendish’s long-term accomplice and lead-out man, Mark Renshaw . The rider with the most wins at the Tour of Britain, Cavendish took three in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of the race. He’ll be looking for a positive close to a season that saw him bitterly disappointed to be left out of Dimension Data’s Tour de France team . 'What makes the 2019 edition especially significant is the finish in Manchester,' Cavendish explained. 'I remember as an amateur watching the finish there in 2004, the ...

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Rolf Aldag to leave Dimension Data at end of season

Rolf Aldag to leave Dimension Data at end of season

George Smith 3 Sep 2019 Head of performance departs after four years Dimension Data have announced that their head of performance, Rolf Aldag, is to leave the team at the end of the season by mutual agreement. The former professional cyclist ends his stay with the team after four years in the role, following similar previous spells at T-Mobile and Omega Pharma-Quickstep. A statement on Dimension Data’s website described Aldag’s departure as 'an entirely amicable step, mutually decided on with a sense of gratitude for the past and heart-felt wishes of good luck for the respective futures.' However, given the public clash Aldag had with team manager Doug Ryder over the latter’s decision not to take Mark Cavendish to the Tour de France this year, speculation is mounting over the true nature of events. Aldag was publically angry after being controversially overruled by Ryder in this decision, disagreeing with his ...

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